26 Comments on “1973 BPAA US Open – Mike McGrath vs. Earl Anthony, Pt 1”

  1. Is it just me or is Earl’s backswing quite a bit higher than normal in this match? It looks almost as high as he had it when he was on the Senior tour in the late 80s/early 90s.

  2. Yeah I think he might of been trying to put a little extra speed on the ball. Also, is it just me or is Billy Welu a horrible commentator? I mean he barely says anything and when he does it usually doesn’t make sense. Nelson Burton Jr. and Randy Pedersen are definitely the best to enter the bowling commentator’s booth!

  3. Uh no! Earl Anthony very rarely did commentating and even his was very so-so. Even though Billy Welu was a great bowler in his own right he was not a good commentator. I mean face it a guy who says two or three sentences throughout the entire telecast and just lets Chris Schenkel do all the commentating isn’t a very good commentator whatsoever!

    1. Yes he did, he (Anthony) was the color commentator on NBC from 1984-1991 on the PBA Fall Tour.
      Was also on ESPN during the 1990s with Mike Durbin doing World Team Challenge and other PBA events.
      Was an excellent commentator.

  4. I was there, in the audience, that day (Madison Square Garden). Was lucky enough to get in ahead of the crowd and walk around. Met Don Carter and Billy Welu.

    1. He also looks a little like that guy who was ‘falling down’ who wanted breakfast at a burger place when they stopped serving breakfast.

  5. I’d also like to know the story about Mike McGrath’s set-up. It might be a way to angle his body toward the target.

    Earl Anthony was probably the greatest commentator in bowling history. Extremely insightful. He’d def give Bo Burton a run for his money.

    A few words on Billy Welu, compared to the people on Jack Buck’s championship bowling, Billy was extremely insightful. “Trust is a must or your game is a must” and “hit em thin and watch em spin” are still heard today. Also, I believe he was battling depression and mental illness in the early 70s. It was widely reported that he died of a heart attack, but his death certificate indicates he took his life with an intentional drug overdose in early 1974. The fact that he was able to do his job so capably is a testament to his perseverance and courage.

    1. It’s very tragic what really happened to Billy Welu. I remember reading an article on his back to back Masters wins, and it mentioned, he was eligible for induction to the ABC (now USBC) Hall of Fame on 4 previous occasions and the most recent rejection (it didn’t say what year, but I presume it was in early 1974) broke his heart. I too remember years ago hearing he died of a heart attack, but after seeing the death certificate, I’m one to believe that his distraught at being snubbed from the HoF 4x drove him to depression & his untimely death.

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